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Dance is ‘right here, right now’, as demonstrated in aptly named annual show and impressive, purpose-built dance studio. Not only success for pupils as Youth Dance England finalists, but take-up even extends to the first XV, as part of their training programme. Sport is valued as much for its inclusivity (everyone gets chance to represent school) as its excellence. Strong sense of community and family - pupils at ease in a friendly atmosphere. Cherishes church links – historically the cathedral school, and retains links with St Nicholas' Cathedral and Church of SS James and Basil... 

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Entrance examinations consist of: 11 & 13: English, maths & VR followed by an interview. 16: Good GCSEs with emphasis on grades achieved in subjects to be pursued.

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Since 2004, Dr John Hind (50s), PGCE MA (history) from Downing College, Cambridge, MEd (Newcastle), PhD (history) Durham. Previously deputy head of Kingston Grammar and before that at Durham and Exeter. Approachable, speaks enthusiastically of 'our family of schools’ and believes in instilling a 'can do’ mindset rather than creating an academic hothouse. Approaches each pupil with 'Let's work together and see where we can get to'. Parents commented that ‘he runs a tight ship’ and though ‘a little distant’, both parents and pupils have ‘warmed to him over time’.

Has made considered, evolutionary changes to remove segregation between the boys’ and girls’ schools, while retaining their separate identities - most recent, a management restructure to shed traditional boy/girl school delineation.

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Special Education Needs

At a small charge to parents, Dame Allan's provides an excellent service for children with specific learning difficulties. Lessons take place on a mainly one to one basis throughout the entire Schools' age range. The School has its own Learning Support Department with a highly qualified member of staff as the learning support teacher.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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